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Head Gardener

Newnham College, Cambridge
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£34,304 p a + benefits, attractive contributory pension scheme, 33 days holiday and free lunch.
Closing date
27 Jun 2022
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Salary £34,304 per annum

Permanent, full-time

About the post

Newnham College wishes to recruit a talented, experienced gardener to join the College’s Gardening team as Head Gardener. Working with the team and the College’s Garden Committee, this post is to build on the solid work undertaken in recent years and to help inspire, develop and implement plans for the future.  The College is the proud owner of 18 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens, playing fields and outdoor public spaces in an exceptional environment. A well-used and much-loved asset of the College’s amenities a main impetus of this post will be to translate plans into reality, working sustainably and within a commitment to increasing bio-diversity.

The annual salary for this post is paid at point 42 on the University’s single salary spine, currently £34,304.  Working hours are 37.5 hours per week, but it is expected that the post-holder will work the hours required for the successful running of the department. The College offers other benefits, including 33 days a year holiday, (inclusive of bank holidays), free lunches and parking (where available) when working, use of the College gym and the post is pensionable under the College’s attractive contributory pension scheme with a current employer contribution rate of 21.6%. 

About you

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate substantial, practical experience of working in either horticulture or landscaping at a managerial level. Possessing a recognised qualification in Horticulture at level 3 or equivalent, they will be a knowledgeable plantsman or woman, be aware of and have qualifications in the correct use of garden machinery and chemicals and have the ability to develop the team to achieve departmental objectives. You will be willing to work alongside your team on the entire range of work in the gardens as well as with the College Committee overseeing the direction, preservation and development of this important area of the College.

About Newnham College

Founded in 1871, Newnham College has been at the forefront of promoting academic excellence for women in the University of Cambridge for 150 years. The College has an all-women Fellowship and student body, and its thriving community of staff includes both women and men with a range of responsibilities and roles. The Garden team comprises a full-time Senior Gardener, 4 further full-time Gardeners and a part-time Gardener.

How to apply

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates. An application form and job description with person specification are available below. To apply, please send a completed application form including an outline of your suitability for the post by e-mail to Please also submit a completed Equal Opportunities form, following the instructions of where to send it on the form.

The closing date for completed applications is noon on Monday 27 June 2022 with interviews being held on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July 2022.

Newnham College is an equal opportunities employer.

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